The Clarence

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The Clarence

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Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard’s Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and tourists alike; the PM himself will no doubt drop in now and again after a tiring day at number 10!

With the kitchen open all day, the pub is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat away from the busy hustle and bustle of London’s West End, and, being opposite Trafalgar Studios, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a pre-theatre nibble before a show.

No doubt tourists will love a traditional British fish and chips or bangers and mash, while those simply popping out from the office may be glad for the variety of the daily changing specials.

Real ales are given prime position in the intimate downstairs bar while the quieter Pol Roger dining room upstairs, available to hire for private lunches or dinners, business meetings and more, focuses more closely on the impressive wine list The Clarence has to offer.

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The Clarence is situated in the heart of London – minutes from Trafalgar Square and close to the Houses of Parliament. It is also suggested that due to its closeness to Number 10 it was a favourite local of Winston Churchill. Whether you believe this or not, it’s clear that The Clarence is certainly steeped in history and, fresh from renovation, it’s certainly a nice place to spend an hour or two after work.

The Tin Belly Room, situated on the first floor, has a huge skylight that runs the length of the ceiling, meaning you don’t miss out on the natural light of summer when dining inside.

Start with Severn and Wye smoked salmon with red onions, capers, and sour cream for a tasty, light starter. The salmon wasn’t overly smoked, and there was just the right amount of the salty capers to go alongside it. Or, the garlic buttered wild mushrooms with a poached egg on toast which went down a treat.

The 21-day aged sirloin steak with a tarragon and mustard sauce, watercress salad and fries didn’t disappoint. The ultimate test for any establishment is how they cook steak and, with me preferring a blue steak that has barely touched the pan, and my friend liking her steak to be rare, they had a real challenge on their hands. However, I’m happy to say you could genuinely tell the difference between the two, with both cooked to absolute perfection. The tarragon and mustard sauce was deliciously thick and velvety, coating the steak and chips perfectly.

The meal was incredibly filling, so all we could manage for dessert was a shared bowl of fruit sorbets. But, even these didn’t fail to disappoint, with the mango sorbet almost stealing the show.

All in all, a tasty meal in a great, traditional pub setting. The Tin Belly Room also offers a carvery trolley – 28-day aged British sirloin beef ‘on the bone’ with all the trimmings, served Wednesday – Sunday which, is definitely on my list to try when I return.